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Illinois Technology Partnership on Your Privates

The Illinois Technology Partnership, directed by none other than Mechanics contributor Aviva Gibbs, came together to advocate for public policies that democratize the most cutting edge technologies and to connect students, small businesses, and professionals to those technologies.

Chicago and Illinois politicos are starting to creep into the digital age. I remember being interviewed by Tracy Swartz for the RedEye about blogging in politics and involuntarily laughing when she asked how important blogging and the Internet had become to local politics. This was in 2006, and I imagined Bernie Stone with a MySpace account and I lost it. But as the IL-05 race is demonstrating, technology is infiltrating our calcified politics and, hopefully, making our public servants more accountable. We're fortunate to live in the early stages of this new technology infrastructure, while it is still pretty democratic. And groups like ITP, hopefully, can help keep that infrastructure democratic and un-institutionalized.

Jump the jump to watch the eye-opening panel ITP held on online marketing and your privacy.

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Aviva Gibbs / January 15, 2009 1:52 PM

Thanks for the shout-out, Ramsin. I blog here and do what I do because, as you said, we are indisputably in the digital age of communications. And also because I'm kind of a geek, let's be honest :) . Hoping ITP can help "connect the dots" between web surfers and their elected officials in 09.

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Parents Still Steaming, but About More Than Just Boilers

By Phil Huckelberry / 2 Comments

It's now been 11 days since the carbon monoxide leak which sent over 80 Prussing Elementary School students and staff to the hospital. While officials from Chicago Public Schools have partially answered some questions, and CPS CEO Forrest Claypool has informed that he will be visiting the school to field more questions on Nov. 16, many parents remain irate at the CPS response to date. More...


Substance, Not Style, the Source of Rahm's Woes

By Ramsin Canon / 2 Comments

It's not surprising that some of Mayor Emanuel's sympathizers and supporters are confusing people's substantive disputes with the mayor as the effect of poor marketing on his part. It's exactly this insular worldview that has gotten the mayor in hot... More...

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